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The most educational swimming pool blog in the country, providing fiberglass pool articles and videos, as well as information on inground concrete and liner pools.

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Should My Swimming Pool Have A Cooler/Chiller?  Temperature Comparison Video

  On hot days where the temperature has you sweating and thirsty for a cold drink, there aren't many things as refreshing as jumping into a cold pool.  A pool is something you want to enjoy when it's hot outside.  However, many people don't consider that their pool water can reach temperatures in the 90's during the summer.  Pool Chillers, an optional feature on pool heat pumps, are specifically designed to lower your pool's water temperature so you can fully enjoy it, even on the hottest days of summer.  In the following video, Jason shows just how big the difference can be when you have a Chiller/Cooler installed on your pool. 

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Swimming Pool Accessories: The Ultimate Cost and Comparison Guide

  If you are considering an inground pool you have probably asked: "What pool options and accessories should I consider and how much do they cost?" These are great questions and you're in luck, because today we are going to discuss the most popular options and accessories on the market today.   Let's jump right in! Salt Chlorine Generators Salt Chlorinators work by converting salt, which is dissolved in your pool water, into pure chlorine.  As a result, you get great water quality without the harsh side effects typically associated with chlorine pools like burning eyes and strong odors. Simply maintain the proper salt level in your pool by adding salt directly to the water once or

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Comparing Fiberglass, Concrete, and Vinyl Liner Pools in the Modern Age Ebook.

Comparing Fiberglass, Concrete, and Vinyl Liner Pools in the Modern Age

Don't blindly wonder if a fiberglass, concrete, or vinyl liner pool is right for you. Our educational ebook does a deep-dive comparison of the 3 types, all while noting the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Design Guides

4 Inground Pool Options That Are Trending In 2016

  What's Hot In The World Of Inground Pools Today?  One advantage we have here at River Pools Powered by Thursday Pools Manufacturing is that helping hundreds of inground pool clients plan and design their dream pools allows us to keep a pulse on the options, accessories, and features that are trending in the inground pool marketplace.  And today we want to share this with you!

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Inground Pool Light Cost & Other Common Lighting Questions

  If you’re considering an inground pool, you are probably also considering installing an underwater pool light.  As we work with hundreds of folks throughout Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia each year we have the opportunity to answer tons of questions about pool lighting.  In this article, we’re going to tackle some of the most popular inground pool lighting questions we receive on a daily basis.  Let’s jump right in!

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Pool Heater Options: Gas/Propane vs Heat Pump vs Solar Which is Best?

Are you looking for a way to utilize your swimming pool for as much of the year as possible?  At River Pools we meet with hundreds of folks across Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia each year regarding their inground pool projects and we receive many questions regarding pool heaters.  Today we're going to discuss the benefits of heating your pool, different heating options, and how much each option costs initially and on a monthly basis.    

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What Are The 3 Most Popular In-ground Pool Options Of 2014?

As a pool guy, I get asked all the time, "What are the most popular options for in-ground pools and why?" I would say the three most popular options are salt water chlorinators, underwater pool lights, and security covers. Here are the pros and cons of each.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers  |  Options and Accessories

The Cost of Owning A Swimming Pool with A Diving Board In 2014

When we started River Pools and Spas 14 years ago we were like any other pool company and if you asked for it we sold it to you. But we have learned that the customer can be their own worst enemy. What I mean by that is buying a pool is usually a new experience for the home owner and with the right guidance they can end up with a pool that will best suit their family.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Options and Accessories

Automactic Pool Covers Pro's and Con's

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Options and Accessories  |  Pool Design Guides  |  Pool Videos

Is Any Backyard Too Challenging for a Fiberglass Pool? Epic Video!

When I first walked into the backyard of Chuck and Kristian Todd in Arlington, Virginia my first thought was, 'If this is going to happen, it'll have to be interesting.'  In the end, it turned out to be quite interesting indeed, as you'll see in the following before and after video. 

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Maintenance

5 Ways to Keep Your Pool Algae Free During the August Heat

Well it's that time of year folks. August is here, vacations are being taken left and right, the heat is on, and for some pool owners, this all can equate to that green thing that makes pool ownership a frustrating experience---Algae.

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